Pamela Karlan Opening Statement: We Have Never Before Seen A President Double Down On Violating His Oath | Video | RealClearPolitics

Stanford's Pamela Karlan Opening Statement: We Have Never Before Seen A President Double Down On Violating His Oath

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Pamela Karlan, a Stanford law professor, testified Wednesday during a House Judiciary impeachment inquiry hearing that President Donald Trump "must be held to account" for his actions relating to Ukraine.

"Based on the evidentiary record, what has happened in the case before you is something that I do not think we have ever seen before: a president who has doubled down on violating his oath to 'faithfully execute' the laws and to 'protect and defend the Constitution,'" Karlan said.

"The list of impeachable offenses the Framers included in the Constitution shows that the essence of an impeachable offense is a president’s decision to sacrifice the national interest for his own private ends," Karlan said.

Read the full opening statement as prepared for delivery:



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